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Norman educator named finalist for National Teacher of the Year

A Norman High School teacher has been recognized as one of the top four teachers in the United States. The Council of Chief State School Officers, which facilitates the National Teacher of the Year program, today announced the 2016 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Shawn Sheehan is a finalist for the national award. Sheehan is a special education math teacher at Norman High School.

“Shawn is an exceptional educator who goes above and beyond to ensure every student has an equal opportunity to succeed,” said NPS Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano. “Shawn’s passion and commitment to advancing the profession of teaching is apparent. He is a tremendous ambassador for education and his work has and will make a significant impact in teacher recruitment and retention in Norman and beyond.”

In 2013, Sheehan founded the “Teach Like Me” campaign, which seeks to improve teacher recruitment and retention by redefining public perceptions of the profession. He also focuses helping students understand connections between content covered in the classroom and real life and provides them with tools to help them work through current and future challenges.

“Shawn is a tireless warrior for all students,” said Dr. Scott Beck, Norman High’s principal. “He always approaches his work by first asking himself how he can build stronger connections with his students and present information in ways they find relevant. Shawn embodies everything a principal seeks in a public educator. He is compassionate, self-reflective, has a broad perspective and strong work ethic and does not waiver in his belief that every student can succeed.”

Sheehan is one of four finalists for 2016 National Teacher of the Year. In April, one finalist will be named the nation’s top teacher and will spend a year traveling the nation to advocate on behalf of teachers and students.

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